Tag Archives: ALIEN

In the entire history of human cinematic achievement, nothing has been more anticipated than the impending release of Prometheus next week (at least as far as I’m concerned). This means it’s time for us to take a look at this recreation of the salient points of Alien’s opening act, which is … slightly different from what I remember. But only a little.

In honor of Ridley Scott‘s return to the ALIEN universe he created (side note: my excitement at Prometheus really cannot be accurately measured) today’s post is a look back at that first iconic film from the points of view of the crew who worked on it. What you’ll see above is not your usual polished and prepped “Behind-The-Scenes” piece, but hundreds of individually collected bits of raw footage shot on the set of ALIEN in 1978 and 1979.

Some of it was apparently shot on video, some on 8mm – some bits even look to have come directly from unused film footage. Given that most of it was shot for personal use though, very little of this footage has actually been seen before; and it provides a very intimate and unique approachability to a film many of us have seen dozens of times before.

Yep, another Wednesday means another TED talk from Barrett; sun follows moon follows sun ad infinitum. But much like how today is an anomalous day whose existence doesn’t make any sense, today’s TED talk is a perfect storm of awesomeness that only comes around very often.

My love of TED talks is well documented on this site. As is my love of Mashups and the ethos behind mashup culture in general. What’s a bit less well-known (unless we know each other personally) is my love of the ALIEN franchise. Since this isn’t film school I won’t go into the reasonings behind that (Confined/Claustrophobic filmmaking as a source of constant unease and tension! Parallels with childbirth and motherhood coupled with disturbing sexual imagery!) but suffice to say that a good way to kill an hour or four is to buy me a beer and ask “Barrett, tell me what ALIEN is really about.”

So why is today special? Because today we get a mashup of TED and ALIEN. More specifically, today we get a TED talk from 2023 as imagined by ALIEN director Ridley Scott, in support of his forthcoming film PROMETHEUS, supposedly set in the ALIEN universe. I don’t even care that it’s viral marketing; it’s well made, well acted, fully supported and promoted by TED itself (How did they pull THAT one off Funny you should ask…) and it represents one of my favorite directors of all time returning to a franchise he launched. I honestly cannot think of a more awesome video to post today.